The key fundamental principle behind agile project management is that the larger project as a whole can be understood and approached in an incremental manner. Each of these iterative sections can be approached by the whole team–including both employees and clients–such that feedback received and insight gained can be integrated into successive iterations. This allows for great flexibility and ultimately leads to better final products.
Back in 2012, we offered up a list of over 20 agile project management tools to suit teams and budgets of different sizes. Some of these online tools are free, some are “freemium” and some are paid. Today, we add several more agile project management tools that could be a great fit for your company or organization.
Acunote is based on Scrum software principles, easily accounting for changes in requirements and direction as actual progress on the project is made, recorded and shown. Projects can split the work between teams or departments, while the incremental “sprints” plan out the work needed for a group of workers for a set period of time. The sprint will contain the tasks that need to be finished by a defined deadline and the tasks themselves can be organized in parent-child hierarchies with ease. Other features include robust analytics, a built-in project wiki, and bugtracker integration.
Plans start at $49/month for up to 7 users on a single team with unlimited projects, sprints and wikis.
TeamPulse by Telerik
TeamPulse from Telerik offers the flexibility of using Scrum, Kanban or your own custom process to “reduce delivery time, improve the flow of work and eliminate waste.” The interface is designed such that you can manage multiple projects at the same time, while improving your time-tracking and billing. There is built-in feedback system for customers and stakeholders, analytics to expose bottlenecks, and the ability to clone work items to save more time.
Whereas other agile project management tools are typically sold on a subscription-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, TeamPulse is offered as an outright purchase for $1,499 for up to five users, unlimited projects and one year of free upgrades. Optional add-ons, like additional users for $249 each, are also available.
Taiga Agile Project Management
Taiga is an open-source project management platform that can be used for free by startups, agile developers and designers “who want a simple, beautiful tool that makes work truly enjoyable.” Taiga was created because the developers felt existing tools were “bloated” and “ugly to look at.” Instead, Taiga is meant to be intuitive, easy to use, clean and distraction-free. Key elements like the backlog, Kanban support, tasks and sprints are all included. Project issues are also tracked, indicating type, severity and priority.
The one catch to using Taiga for free is that this is limited to public projects. Private projects, including unlimited users, will cost between $3 and $40 per month after the beta has completed on April 1, 2015. Taiga can also be downloaded on an open source basis.
Planbox is an agile project management solution that’ll suit users who are already familiar with Scrum, as well as those who are new to the Scrum process. Customer feedback is easily integrated, progress is tracked with burndown charts, and the backlog is organized in iterations for manageability. Team members can collaborate in real time, sharing resources by attaching the files directly to the tasks themselves. Planbox can also integrate with what your organization is already doing on Github, Zendesk and Uservoice. Mobile access and nightly backups are also included.
Up to two collaborators can use Planbox for free with unlimited projects. Beyond that, pricing starts at $19/month for up to 5 users.
Axosoft is decidedly geared more toward software development. Like TeamBox, Axosoft also supports both Scrum and Kanban processes, adding customizable workflows “to support whatever other crazy, awesome, supercalifragelistic process you use.” Used by teams from NASA, Cisco, and Boeing, Axosoft provides clear burndown charts, useful projections for ship dates, a Daily Scrum mode, wiki collaboration, and branded customer portals for instant feedback. Using the Axosoft API, the tool integrates with Salesforce, Usersnap, Visual Studio and more.
The limited Axosoft Starter plan is hosted and free for up to 10 users with some feature limitations. The more robust Axosoft Complete is $25 per user per month, while Axosoft Installed is $250 per user.
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